Meeting of the donor coordination group for the Palestinian people (Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC)): extracts from the statements by Catherine Ashton and Espen Barth Eide
On 19 March, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and Espen Barth Eide, Norwegian Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a press point ahead of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) - donor coordination group for the Palestinian people meeting.
The meeting focused on ways to address the deepening financial crisis of the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including strengthening its fiscal sustainability, improving the regularity and predictability of financial resources provided to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, increasing private sector-led growth, promoting access and movement throughout the Palestinian territory, facilitating Palestinian exports and improving the situation in the Gaza Strip. Developments since the last meeting in September 2012 in New York were assessed based on reports from the parties, the UN, the World Bank, the IMF and the Office of the Quartet Representative. PHOTO SHOTLIST